How can we save our planet and survive the 21st century? How can you argue with deniers? How can we create positive change in the midst of the climate crisis?
Professor Mark Maslin has the key facts that we need to protect our future. Global awareness of climate change is growing rapidly. Science has proven that our planet and species are facing a massive environmental crisis. How to Save Our Planet is a call to action, guaranteed to equip everyone with the knowledge needed to make change.
Be under no illusion the challenges of the twenty-first century are immense. We need to deal with: climate change, environmental destruction, global poverty and ensure everyone's security.We have the technology. We have the resources. We have the money. We have the scientists, the entrepreneurs and the innovators. We lack the politics and policies to make your vision of a better world happen. So we need a plan to save our planet...
How to Save Our Planet is your handbook of how we together can save our precious planet. From the history of our planet and species, to the potential of individuals and our power to create a better future, Maslin inspires optimism in these bleak times. We stand at the precipice. The future of our planet is in our hands. It's time to face the facts and save our planet from, and for, ourselves.
Mark A. Maslin is Professor of Earth System Science at University College London and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit scholar. His most recent book is The Cradle of Humanity which Professor Brian Cox called 'exhilarating'.
"[...] The facts are laid out as Greta Thunberg would have them: stripped bare of compromise and padding, and all the more stark – and accessible – for that. There are no extraneous words in this succinct book [...] If we actually make progress towards environmental protection in the next 30 years and survive the coming centuries, I suspect that Maslin's book [is] likely to have contributed to the change."
– Sarah Dalrymple, The Niche 52(4), autumn 2021
"How to Save Our Planet: The Facts is a much needed evidence-based handbook and rallying cry for urgent climate action. Professor Mark Maslin unfolds the magnitude of what humans have done to our precious planet while pointing to how we can solve the climate emergency before it is too late"
– Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International
"Climate change facts have never been as understandable or as compelling as in Professor Maslin's book. This is a book to be read, understood and acted upon"
– Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 2010-2016, author of The Future We Choose
"In How to Save Our Planet, Mark Maslin is like an environmental pathologist stripping away the superfluous and cutting to the very heart of the problem with a brilliant clarity. This book is like a roadmap to recovery for humanity by informing and inspiring in equal measure. It is a book every human needs to have to hand as we tackle this crisis head on"
– Bella Lack, Conservationist and Environmental Activist
"Mark Maslin's book is a fact-bomb, one that blasts through climate denial to clear a path for action on the greatest threat that our planet faces"
– Roger Highfield, Science Director, Science Museum
"There are some books which are important, and there are others which are a necessity. And this is certainly the latter. When it comes to talking about the climate crisis and the ways in which we can all tackle it, there is so much information and misinformation out there that it can quickly become daunting and frustrating. How to Save Our Planet: The Facts cuts out the confusion and simply relays the facts – facts which we all need to know. It's powerful, honest and really cleverly written. I am left feeling more informed of the solutions and more empowered to make a difference"
– Megan McCubbin, wildlife TV Presenter BBC Springwatch, zoologist, photographer
"Ideological debates on global warming often produce a fog of confusion in public life. This book cuts through that fog and suggests a way forward. The handy list of salutary and indisputable facts that Maslin has assembled here will ensure that How to Save Our Planet will serve as a much-needed guidebook that will help us negotiate our disorienting times"
– Dipesh Chakrabarty, author of The Climate of History in a Planetary Age
"A timely and important book, not only laying out the facts – what we know and how we know it – but suggesting real solutions to the challenges facing us"
– Professor Alice Roberts, anatomist, author & broadcaster, Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Birmingham
"From students to CEOs, How to Save Our Planet has something for everyone when it comes to the fight to save our planet. From the big bang to the future of our fast-warming world, Mark takes us at breakneck speed through the ways humanity is shaping the planet, and presents with amazing clarity steps everyone can take to make the world a better place"
– Will McCallum, Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK and author of How to Give Up Plastic
"How to Save Our Planet has a compelling and crystal clear narrative but Mark Maslin has done so much more for us. By marshalling all the facts, by giving a reference for every single one of them, he has made this slim volume both a sword of truth and the doorway to a much deeper understanding of the facts"
– Vivienne Parry OBE, writer and broadcaster
"A valuable resource, in that epic struggle, now underway, to head off apocalypse. Mark does not pull punches about the nightmare that we are staring down the barrel of. And he is helpfully clear that we cannot now prevent disasters: they are here, and we are going to have to adapt to a rising tide of them. But he is right that there is enormous scope for us to act, collectively, to slow down that rising tide – and even perhaps, even now, to create an ecotopia on Earth"
– Prof. Rupert Read, former Extinction Rebellion spokesperson; author, Parents for a Future, and co-author, Facing up to Climate Reality